Tuesday, October 23, 2007

National Endowment for the Humanities

Look what I just found. The National Endowment for the Humanities, at //www.neh.gov/. Follow that to pages with manageable suggested approaches to learning most anything. It is a series of lesson plans and resources for use in schools, I think, but look at the possibilities for the rest of us. Do go to ://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=3.

This came up while researching Joel Chandler Harris "Uncle Remus," and how fairy tales, legends, trickster stories in particular, move across cultures. See Joy of Equivocating, Uncle Remus, Cross-Cultural.

Here, however, is a whole world of topics and goals. Sing out for the NEH.

If ever you are confined, and tire of the mystery books or sing-alongs in the lobby as they wheel you in, and can manage a computer - and have one; go down the list here, pick a topic and self-educate. Just leave me my fingers and wits.

How can a government spend money to really help in education, quality of life, all ages? Help people help themselves. Travel without going there. Film. Anything.

Foster wireless in whole cities, states, all over, and make some form of computer available to anyone who wants one, like those yellow swap-a-bike arrangements in Europe. Foster little repair shops for them all around. Bring one in, take out another.

No child left behind, no adult left behind. See us educate ourselves. College, one topic look-up at a time.

Fix-its. Or fairy tales. This is the house that Jack built? three little pigs? who's inside. How did they live? Where is this (Greece).

Need a bike? Grab a yellow one, go where you need to go, leave it off or hold it for the round trip, and then the next person has it.

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